WORK to improve cycling, walking and bus travel along Castle Lane West in Bournemouth is causing congestion for motorists.

There have been long tailbacks in the area since the works started July 7 at the junction with East Way and are not expected to be complete until the end of August.

Ian Kalra, head of transportation services at Bournemouth council, acknowledged the road is heavily used and that delays are inevitable.

“However when complete these measures will enhance the overall environment and provide communities with better options for how they travel to work, school and the shops,” he added.

“In the meantime we would urge users to bear with us and where possible find alternative routes.”

The council is undertaking the construction after gaining additional government funding to invest in transport facilities.

Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for transport, said Castle Lane West had been identified as a “key commuter route” for schools and businesses.

He added: “We want to ensure that all pedestrians and cyclists feel confident when travelling in and around this area, as well as encouraging others to travel more sustainably and lead a healthier lifestyle.

“By carrying out these works, we are making it easier, safer and more attractive for people to walk, cycle and use public transport, which will help reduce congestion in the long-term.”

Traffic travelling along Castle Lane West is being diverted via Charminster Road to access East Way from the south.

Residents will be able to access their properties during the improvements and bus services and refuse collections will not be affected.